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Pharmacist-driven aminoglycoside quality improvement program.

Authors
  • Greenwood, B C
  • Szumita, P M
  • Lowry, C M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of chemotherapy (Florence, Italy)
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2009
Volume
21
Issue
1
Pages
42–45
Identifiers
PMID: 19297271
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Our objective was to determine the impact of a pharmacist-driven aminoglycoside quality improvement program on the dosing methods of aminoglycosides at our institution. We assessed our current quality through retrospective review of all patients receiving aminoglycosides during a 5-month period. we then developed and implemented a pharmacist-driven aminoglycoside dosing program and prospectively assessed patients during a matched 5-month period. two hundred and sixteen patients were evaluated, 87 pre-program and 129 post-program. Prior to standardized pharmacist intervention, 44% of patients achieved optimal therapy. Oost implementation, patients achieving optimal therapy increased to 80% (p < 0.001). Patients in the pre-program group had a higher rate of acute changes in renal function compared to the post-program group (14.9% versus 6.2% [p <0.05]). This pharmacist-driven aminoglycoside dosing quality improvement program increased the frequency of optimal dosing of aminoglycosides and reduced the incidence of nephrotoxicity at our institution.

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